Is the increasing number of interracial couples a sign that America is becoming more 'open-minded' and accepting of 'diversity'? On closer scrutiny, it appears that the numbers of interracial couples are concentrated in very specific race-and-gender combinations. The prevalence of certain types of interracial couples and the near absence of others does not reflect the diversity that is here in America.
According to the 2000 census, the highest number of interracial marriages occur between Asian women and white men. Asians are the smallest ethnic population in the US, after Native Americans. Blacks still constitute the largest minority group. If we live in a society where people choose their spouses according to the laws of mathematical probability, you would expect that the highest number of interracial marriages would occur between blacks and whites. But this is not the case.
In this issue, we discuss the topics that are politically incorrect to talk about. We like to think of more intermarriage as a breakdown of racial prejudice, and to some extent, it is. But while white liberals pat themselves on the back and express their support for 'intermarriage' with the trite phrase, "in 50 years, everyone would have a Korean grandmother", let's also ask ourselves why it is not as popular to say, "In 50 years everyone would have a black grandmother or a Chinese grandfather."